The semi-final matchups for the CCAA Curling Canada Championships are set. On the women's side the MacEwan Griffins will battle the Augustana Vikings and the Fanshawe Falcons face the Douglas Royals. The semi-finals for the men features the Fanshawe Falcons versus the Humber Hawks and the Concordia Thunder against the NAIT Ooks. All four contests will take place at the Wille O'Ree Centre at 7 p.m. AT in Fredericton.
After four days and seven draws, four women's teams were tied for the final two playoff spots. The Augustana Vikings, Douglas Royals, and NAIT Ooks each won their final match to improve to 4-3 while the Humber Hawks lost and finished with that same record. Based on the tie-breaking rules, Augustana and Douglas advanced to the semi-finals.
The MacEwen Griffins jumped out to an early lead over the Fanshawe Falcons on their way to an 8-3 victory and top place seeding in pool play. The Augustana Vikings piled up the points early and often including four in the fourth end and four in the fifth to seal a 12-6 victory over the Fleming Knights.
The Douglas Royals needed a victory to stay in contention and they played a stifling game versus the Humber Hawks. The Royals scored three in the second and added three singles while never allowing the Hawks to score more than one in any end. Sara Loken and Kayla MacMillian both curled 83% for the Royals.
The NAIT Ooks and Holland Hurricanes played a tight one to end the round robin. NAIT scored two in the ninth and one in the 10th to come from behind and edge the Hurricanes 6-4.
In the final round robin draw on the men's side, the Fanshawe Falcons and NAIT Ooks battled to claim top spot heading into the playoffs. NAIT led 3-2 after seven ends but Fanshawe tied it in the eighth and went ahead by one in the ninth which featured every stone in play at the end. NAIT had an opportunity with the hammer in the 10th, but the Falcons stole one to claim a 5-3 victory. Brody St. Louis and Charlie Richard led Fanshawe, curling 90% and 89% respectively. Brett Winfield (90%) and Jonah Tobinski (89%) had great games for NAIT.
The Humber Hawks versus Lakeland Rustlers match was an all-or-nothing affair with the winner advancing to the playoffs. The Hawks and Rustlers traded blows all game leading to a 6-6 tie after seven ends. Humber jumped out to a lead with a pair in the eighth, but Lakeland countered with one in the ninth and a stolen single in the 10th to force extra ends. Humber drew to the button on the last shot to win 9-8 in the 11th and secure their spot in the playoffs.
The Concordia Thunder started out slow against the Confederation Thunderhawks, but persevered to win 10-3 and lock up a spot in the semi-finals. The Sault Cougars and Olds Broncos were out of playoff contention, but both teams played hard through the last end. The Cougars' Jacob Reid finished his tournament curling an impressive 93% in Sault's 10-5 win over Olds.
Final Round Robin Standings
|Women's Teams||Record||Men's Teams||Record|
|MacEwan Griffins||6-1||Fanshawe Falcons||6-1|
|Fanshawe Falcons||5-2||Concordia Thunder||6-1|
|Douglas Royals||4-3||NAIT Ooks||5-2|
|Augustana Vikings||4-3||Humber Hawks||4-3|
|Humber Hawks||4-3||Lakeland Rustlers||4-3|
|NAIT Ooks||4-3||Sault Cougars||2-5|
|Holland Hurricanes||1-6||Olds Broncos||1-6|
|Fleming Knights||0-6||Confederation Thunderhawks||0-7|
Sheet C will be televised throughout the 2019 CCAA Curling Canada National Championships, and will be available for viewing online at https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/winter/curling/broadcast.